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Independence of judiciary

  • Judge Warawewa says request for extension refused .

    High Court Judge W.T.M.P.B. Warawewa has revealed that a request made by the Attorney-General’s Department to further extend his term of office by a year to enable him to hear several pending cases has been refused by the Chief Justice.  “The Attorney General’s Department requested that I be reappointed to hear and conclude several important […]

  • “I have always worked according to my conscience.” .

    The letter informing me of the date of the interview had been delivered to my Colombo office address. However on the very last day before the date on which the interviews were to be held I suddenly decided to come to Colombo to meet some friends. As I opened the letter, I found that the […]

  • Ex-AG Mohan Peiris as witness: Court will decide on May 17 .

    In the magisterial inquiry into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, Homagama Magistrate T.G.S.A. Perera on Monday reserved order for May 17, whether or not to call former Attorney General (AG) Mohan Peiris as witness, The Magistrate reserved the order after the prosecution challenged the validity of the transcript copy of the statement made by […]

  • FR petition against website blockade put off for 3rd time

    The Supreme Court has put off until May 19 a fundamental rights petition against the blockade of certain websites.The Free Media Movement has filed the petition.At a hearing yesterday (Mar. 29), representatives of citizens groups propagating the right to information were present at the court. A panel of lawyers led by J.C. Weliamuna is appearing […]

  • Judiciary humiliated by certain judges – ex-judge

    Former high court judge W.T.M.P.B. Warawewa accuses certain judges of having failed to maintain the dignity of their profession and having no self-strength.  He was speaking in Colombo at a felicitation organized in his honour by the young lawyers association.The former judge alleged certain judges did not know their independence, unaware of justice and would […]

  • Katunayake savage police attack – fundamental rights petition to be heard

    The fundamental rights petition filed before the Supreme Court by 13 employees of Katunayake Free Trade Zone claiming their fundamental rights were violated when police attacked the peaceful agitation carried out by the employees against a fraudulent pension scheme the government attempted to force on private sector employees will be heard.The Supreme Court took this […]

  • Report on Roshen’s killing cached

    It is revealed that the human rights report regarding Roshen Chanaka who was killed when police opened fire at a peaceful agitation carried out by employees of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone has been cached. The employees carried out the agitation opposing an attempt by the government to arbitrarily introduce a pension scheme for private […]

  • Vijaya assassination: Politics kills police professionalism

    Tassie Seneviratne In an earlier article I outlined how high-profile interference frustrates police professionalism. In this context the Vijaya Kumaratunga assassination case is another that deserves elaboration. Vijaya Kumaratunga was a film idol who started politics in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP). He married Chandrika Bandaranaike in 1978 and joined the Sri Lanka Freedom […]

  • Lorry driver allowed to proceed with FR petition against TID

     He worked for Army IntelligenceThe Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation application filed by Kandegedara Priyawansa, a lorry driver from Nuwara Eliya, who had worked in the Intelligence Unit of the Sri Lanka Army.The petitioner had said that the Terrorist Investigation Unit had arrested him on February 27, 2010, […]

  • President terminates justice Warawewa’s services

     President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to terminate the services of Colombo High Court judge W.T.M.P.B. Warawewa.  He had been on one-year extension until yesterday (Jan. 31) following a request by the attorney general last year.  That was to enable him to be a member in the panels that heard the ‘white flag’ case against former […]

  • CID fabricating evidence, Bhartha’s counsel says .

    The Counsel for Baratha Lakshma Premachandra, Upali Kumarapperuma told court today that the CID is “fabricating evidence” when the case was taken up today. The Counsel further went on to point out that initially the CID had only said that they found two shots were released from R. Gamini the bodyguard of Premachandra but now […]

  • Lasantha murder: International probe urged

     On the third death anniversary of a slain newspaper editor his widow has called on the international community to exert pressure on Sri Lanka government to hold an independent investigation into his murder.Sonali Wickrematunge Samarasinghe, the widow of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, says the investigation needed “to bring back the rule of law rather […]

  • Advisory council and guidelines for sentencing .

    The Justice Ministry will set up a Sentencing Advisory Council and introduce Sentencing Guidelines for Sri Lanka’s judicial system and thus prevent anomalies in the sentencing procedure, a senior ministry official said yesterday.  Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamalth said studies conducted by the ministry had revealed there were instances where judges at different courts had […]

  • J.C. Weliamuna recognized for his human rights work

    (Srilankamirror) – The Sri Lanka branch of Transparency International has recognized J.C. Weliamuna for his contributions to the field of human rights.  The citation read at the NIA presentation for him recognized the unyielding integrity, personal commitment and courage of the former executive director of TISL and director of Transparency International. Born on 29th of August, […]

  • Judges to get guidelines on sentencing

    Chandani Kirinde The Sentencing Policy Bill which will give the judiciary guidelines on penalties is one of a string of new laws the government will introduce next year. According to Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem, the new law will ensure uniformity in the sentences passed on those found guilty. The new law has been formulated with […]

  • Some retired judges breaking the law: MinistryS

    ANDUN A. JAYASEKERAThe Justice Ministry is in a quandary as to how to reclaim millions of rupees worth of movable and immovable properties from several retired High Court Judges who continue to use these properties illegally even after several years of retirement, a senior ministry official said yesterday. Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath said the […]

  • Land takeover: SC refuses to give ruling

    Chandani Kirinde The Supreme Court has decided not to make a determination on a bill intended to amend the Town and Country Planning Ordinance on the grounds that it has been placed on the Order Paper of Parliament without complying with the constitutional requirement that it be first referred to the Provincial Councils (PCs) for […]

  • Will the judiciary crack under pressure? .

    It is our right to protest that no government or political party can investigate past decisions and actions of the former Chief Justice or else the next victim will be the incumbent chief justice and the government will take steps to appoint a new person. This has become a threat for judges to act independently. […]

  • Is US threatening action against Lanka at UN in Geneva if presidential pardon is not given to Sarath Fonseka?

    Shamindra Ferdinando The UPFA alleges the US embassy is increasingly interfering in domestic political issues, thereby undermine the government.  The SLFP-led coalition believes that the US is trying to cause a rift in the government over the imprisonment of defeated presidential candidate, former Army Chief, Gen. Sarath Fonseka.The party was responding to US Ambassador Patricia Butenis […]

  • Lawyers express concern over PSC ( on former CJ)

    A group of well-known lawyers have expressed concerns about the government’s move to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to probe the conduct of former Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva.  The signatories to the letter include Attorneys Saliya Peiris, J. C. Weliamuna, Upul Jayasuriya, J. C. Boange, U. R. Wijetunga, Jayantha Dias and K. A. […]

  • Judge Warawewa harassed for judgment: Ranil .

    High Court Judge W. T. M. P. B. Warawewa who acquitted former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka of all charges in the white flag case has already been subjected to harassment, Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe alleged today. Mr. Wickremesinghe who was addressing a public meeting at Dematagoda said the computer which the High Court Judge […]

  • Fonskea sentenced to three years RI in White Flag case .

    Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was sentenced to three years RI and fined Rs. 5,000 in the White flag case.  The judgment was divided with Deepali Wijesundara who presided over the High Court Trial-at-bar and judge M.S Razeen finding him guilty for the first of the three counts and Judge W.T. M. P.B.  Warawewa finding […]

  • Former CJ and AG Sarath N Silva – A Mere Mortal

    Vimukthi Yapa It will be no exaggeration to say that, Sarath N. Silva was one of the most controversial figures to have sat in the highest court of law in this country. Considering the prevailing state of affairs, being controversial   alone may not be such a bad thing.Today’s controversy   could be tomorrow’s standard. But there will […]

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